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The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Eye on the Arts column

April 27, 2014

By Craig Neises, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa

April 27--Players Workshop ends its 2013-14 season of community theater in May with an homage to friendship.

"Dixie Swim Club," directed by Bobbie Hilliard, opens its seven-show run Friday.

The dramatic comedy spans more than three decades and features five Southern women who, many years removed from their days together on their college swim team, get together each August in a beach-side cottage to reconnect with one another through reminiscing, laughter and some meddling.

Cast members are Twila Peitz, Jody Ellison, JoJo Johnson, Chris Crowner and Christa Parry. Assistant director is Bill Ell.

Shows are Friday, Saturday and next Sunday, and May 8 to 11. Weeknight and Saturday productions are set for a 8 p.m. curtain, while Sunday matinee performances are at 2 p.m both weekends.

Tickets are $12 for adults or $8 for students, and available by calling (319) 753-6623, or at the Little Theater on Grove Street before each show.


Just in time for warmer days, the Phelps House Museum at the top of Snake Alley in Burlington opens a new exhibit featuring turn-of-the-century summer dresses.

"Lawn, Linen and Lace," includes two dozen mostly white and elaborately decorated dresses, with summer hats and accessories also on display. The dresses, worn in the 1890 to 1910 time period, were designed to be worn at summertime outdoor events such as teas and picnics.

The exhibit also includes several vintage sun bonnets.

According to the April newsletter of the Des Moines County Historical Society, the style was called lingerie dresses. They were lightweight and made of cotton or a type of linen called lawn cloth.

Phelps House, 521 Columbia St., is open weekend afternoons starting in May, or by appointment. Admission is free to historical society members, or $3 for non-members.


Performer Gary Krinsky brings a show that blends fun and science to the Capitol Theater stage next Sunday.

Toying With Science is 2 p.m. at the Capitol. Tickets are $12 for all ages, and can be purchased at, by calling (319) 237-1099, or visiting the box office at 211 N. Third St.

MCT Presents season closes

A season of concerts in support of Mediapolis Community Theater concludes Monday with a 7 p.m. performance by The Unexpected Surfer Boys, a quartet that brings the music of the Beach Boys to a show set at a beach bachelor party. Admission is by season ticket, or $25 for a single performance.

For more details, call Reva Davis at (319) 985-2263.


Burlington pianist and composer Diane Mahoney was recognized this month with a performance of an original work at the fourth annual Choral Composition Festival in Sioux City. The festival received 50 works for high school choir written by composers in the United States and Europe.

Mahoney's piece, "Mother of Exiles," was one of three chosen to be performed by the Morningside College choir (which is led by 1982 Fort Madison High School graduate Timothy M. Watson), and was awarded second place.

"Mother of Exiles" includes words by Emma Lazarus that are found on the Statue of Liberty; from the Declaration of Independence; and a verse from "America the Beautiful," and is connected by a Gregorian melody, "Salve Regina."


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